Not the first time something of this sort has happened, either. Last summer, I saw a middle-aged couple wandering around my floor. I asked if I could help them.
"We're the parents of G---."
"Ah, yes, he's a student in my class. Is something the matteer?"
"Sir, we came to tell you that he's sick and can't make it to school."
All this gets my head shaking. These are college students we're talking about, upwards of 18 years. They should be old and mature enough to manage their own affairs, absences included.
Personally, I'm not much of a stickler for attendance. The daily quizzes will take their toll soon enough. It's a student's loss if he doesn't attend class.
I wish everyone would stop living college like it was still high school. Or grade school.